Greenville police searching for burglary suspect
Published 5:50 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Just as Daylight Saving Time crept back into effect early Sunday morning, an unknown criminal was doing some creeping of his own around the Camellia City.
Authorities are looking for an unidentified suspect who they believe is responsible for breaking into Liberty Country Store, located on Greenville Bypass, at approximately 2 a.m. Sunday.
Lt. Joe Disney of the Greenville Police Department said that authorities received a call to the business, where a concrete brick had been thrown through the delivery store’s front glass.
“There appeared to be who we think is a black male, who was pretty well covered from head to toe, who used a piece of a concrete brick and busted the front glass out of the delivery store on the bypass,” Disney said.
“He had a trash bag with him, and he went inside and took a pretty large amount of cigarettes and cigars from behind the counter and then ran back out the same door of the window he’d broken out.”
Disney said that it’s believed that an unidentified vehicle dropped off and picked up the suspect, who would be facing third-degree burglary and criminal mischief charges, as well as theft of property.
Also, the whole affair took less than a minute.
“He was in and out in about 40 to 45 seconds,” Disney said.
“It’s pretty common for people to break into gas stations and take cigarettes and items like that. And that’s all they’ll take, because they try to resell them pretty quickly.”
Disney added that evidence gathered at the scene, as well as some recovered surveillance footage, are aiding in the identification of the suspect, but those factors alone are not enough.
“If anybody has any information that they would like to share with us, we would always be interested in listening to anything anyone has to say,” Disney said.
The Greenville Police Department can be reached at 334-382-7461.